Atlanta Metropolitan State College



COMPASS is a computer-adaptive college placement test that is untimed. The three-part Exam (Math, Reading, and Writing) generally takes a minimum of two and a half hours to complete; however, any one part of the Exam may take up to 90 minutes. Photo identification (with recent photo) is required to take the COMPASS Exam.

Students with SAT or ACT scores should submit those scores to the Admissions Office before scheduling to take the COMPASS Exam. Documentation of minimum SAT (Math 400/Verbal & Critical Reading 430) or ACT (17) scores might exempt students from the COMPASS Exam.


Preparing for the COMPASS Exam

Students are strongly encouraged to prepare for the COMPASS before taking the exam as their performance will determine their ability or inability to take college level courses. The passing scores at AMSC are: Math-37; Reading-74; English-60.

Practice materials may be obtained from the Center for Academic Success located on the 3rd floor of the Library/Administration Building (BLDG.600).

Click here for additional information about preparation for the COMPASS Placement Exam.


Remote COMAPSS Testing

Prospective AMSC students who live outside the commuting distance of Atlanta Metropolitan State College should contact the Office of Testing Services to arrange off-campus testing.

If you are a non-AMSC student you must schedule your appointment by calling (404) 756-4783 or by email at Walk-ins are not recommended. Please arrive at least 15 minutes prior to your appointment. On Exam day you must present current, valid, photo identification (with recent photo), your payment receipt and a printed remote registration confirmation letter/email.

The Remote Compass Test fee is $50.00. Master Card, Visa, Discover, cash or money order is accepted. Payments are made at the Cashier’s Window located on the first floor of the Library/ Administration Building (BLDG. 600).

Testing fees are non-refundable.

Non-AMSC examinees must contact their home institution after completing the COMPASS Exam.